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    1. Thank you Natalia, I sketch to capture moments, more important than creating fine art, which i have done, yet sketching is where my heart is because of the record it keeps of life.

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  1. Hashi says:

    I’m really enjoying looking ‘over your shoulder’ as you re-settle in a new country. Your sketches and notes are delightful.

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    1. Thank you Hashi, glad to have you looking over my shoulder, hope you continue to enjoy

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  2. Shirley says:

    What is fine art, really…? To me it is something that captures a moment or evoques a feeling. Whethet via your iPad or watercolor brush (or through the lens of a camera as a Tricia does so beautifully), to me fine art is work that draws you in, and after looking at your sketches today I feel like I’ve been in France. Now I need a croisssnt…….

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    1. I agree totally Shirley. I see so many sketchers post with disclaimers: “just a quick sketch”, “a quick study” etc. I’m my mind that is often done because they think what they posted is not “good enough” or “polished enough.” Now for sure there are some things that just dont turn out well, art after all is a skill and sometimes musicians hit a wrong key, athletes miss a shot, and I end up mixing muddy colors, but that is part of the process and I stopped apologizing for that long a go. So thank you for your wise words, they are so true and I wish other folks would take them to heart.

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  3. nancy paulsen says:

    I love hearing about your new life on a day to day basis. I think there is a book in this! Nancy Paulsen Mukilteo

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    1. Thank you Nancy, good to hear from you. Not sure I have the desire to put the work into a book, though a book of my sketches has crossed my mind. So you never know.

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  4. Walt Samples says:

    Congratulations on your move….I hope all is adjusting well. I hope all is well. I wanted to remind you of my favorite Turkish bread (ekmek). You may not find it in France, but if you do, it is delicious. Take care and enjoy.

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    1. Thanks Walt, well yes we did make it, and have most things sorted out. Still have the fun of buying a car in a different country, but just more hoops to jump through.

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  5. Janice says:

    I’m sure there will be many beautiful surprises coming as the spring progresses! How fun to get to know your food supply people.

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    1. Yes, getting to know them is a good thing. We did that when we lived in Mukilteo, at the PCC I knew all of the meat cutters, the produce guy would tell us what was good and not, we knew the cheese person, and one of the chefs (professionally trained) became a friend and a resource for ideas. We even got warm goodbyes from a couple of the checkers. So we carry on with that here, it is part of the fun of being a foodie.

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  6. elissbaker says:

    I love this post! It is a vibrant hodge podge of your wonderful new life.

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    1. Thank you, it is good here. We came over without star-filled eyes, and that was good preparation for the realities, which we are enjoying, and the challenges which we are dealing with.

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  7. Your pictures really “speaks a thousand words” – they’re lovely! That first picture makes me want to go to a market now and buy a rustic bread! It seems all is well in France – your sketches shows a calmness which I really like.

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    1. Thanks, pretty calm for the most part, just settling to a lot of different things like cooking with butane, wood heat, etc. Quite different from where we came from.

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